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List Rules Only female drummers

The best female drummers are those musically inclined ladies who saw a great deal of success manning the drums within a band or as a solo musician. You might not find them on the "Rolling Stone" list of 100 greatest drummers of all time but each has solidified their place as one of the best female drummers ever.

As if women didn't have a hard enough time being recognized among male band members in the music industry already, girl drummers face additional struggles. Chauvinistic critics will allege that women lack the physical strength, passion or even drive to be a successful drummer. Clearly these top female drummers prove that stigma wrong.

Karen Carpenter stands out as a favorite among many music lovers having played drums and sang for the 1970s duo The Carpenters. Janet Weiss played for several bands during her long career of rocking out. Maureen "Moe" Tucker might not be a household name but she was an integral part of the legendary rock band The Velvet Underground. Even Sheila E, who has worked with the likes of Prince and Ringo Starr plus released several successful solo albums, dominated the drums during her illustrious career. The list goes on and on.

So while names like Gina Schock and Terri Lyne Carrington may never be considered as elites overall in the drumming world, they still should get a great deal of credit for their talent. If these women are not Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees already, all are surely deserving of the honor. Have a favorite female drummer? Vote for those you love, add any who are missing or re-rank this list of the best female drummers all below.
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937 491
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Karen Carpenter The Carpenters

2
1,077 683
Sheila E. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Sheila E. Prince, George Duke, Ringo Starr

3
2,730 1,169
Leah Shapiro is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Leah Shapiro Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

4
480 493
Cindy Blackman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Cindy Blackman Lenny Kravitz

5
425 446
Gina Schock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Gina Schock The Go-Go's

6
333 401
Sandy West is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Sandy West The Runaways

7
594 666
Megan Martha White is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Megan Martha White The White Stripes

8
383 258
Jen Ledger is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
paneldude added Jen Ledger

9
337 418
Janet Weiss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Janet Weiss Sleater-Kinney, Quasi

10
173 228
Maureen Tucker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Maureen Tucker The Velvet Underground

11
460 456
Patty Schemel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

12
239 319
Caroline Corr is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Caroline Corr The Corrs

13
258 239
Teresa Taylor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Teresa Taylor Butthole Surfers

14
222 343
Kate Schellenbach is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Kate Schellenbach The Beastie Boys, Luscious Jackson

The Best Female Composers Ever, Ranked

15
184 371
Terri Lyne Carrington is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

16
258 377
Carla Azar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Carla Azar Autolux

17
221 144
Dee Plakas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
jo.crisostomo added Dee Plakas L7

18
174 333
Emmannuelle Caplette is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

19
244 349
Carol Dierking is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
WalterTucker added Carol Dierking

20
420 409
Meytal Cohen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Meytal Cohen

21
239 322
Stephanie Bailey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

The Greatest Albums of All Time

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206 296
Poni is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

23
126 252
Cora Coleman-Dunham is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Cora Coleman-Dunham

24
67 186
Paloma Romero is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Paloma Romero The Slits,The Raincoats

25
132 181
Aixa Vilar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

26
73 180
Evelyn Glennie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

27
88 184
Debbi Peterson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
JaxV added Debbi Peterson

28
94 181
Torry Castellano is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Torry Castellano The Donnas

The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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48 159
Linda McDonald is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Linda McDonald The Iron Maidens, The Little Dolls, Valley Dolls, Crabby Patty, Unholy Pink

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97 152
Samantha Maloney is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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39 116
Georgia Hubley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Georgia Hubley Yo La Tengo

32
81 166
Mercedes Lander is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

33
114 161
Holly Filkins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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139 191
Hannah Ford is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

35
42 162
Irlene Mandrell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

The Best Albums That Didn't Win a Grammy

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50 83
Roxy Petrucci is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
bojanthebest added Roxy Petrucci vixen

37
83 115
Shiho Yamanoha is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

38
59 157
Hilary Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

39
60 162
Stefanie Eulinberg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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72 126
Stella Mozgawa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Stella Mozgawa Warpaint

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18 45
Meytal Cohen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Meytal Cohen

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74 70
Lynne Perko is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

The Most Rewatchable Movies

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43 140
Susie Ibarra is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked

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35 136
Veronica Bellino is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Veronica Bellino

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57 52
Ranker Video
marco-brand added Anika Nilles

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54 62
Ranker Video
Senri Kawaguchi

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14 53
Lori Peters is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
NWashburn added Lori Peters

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12 49
Allison Miller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
KaseyPeters added Allison Miller

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29 128
Yael is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
Yael

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38 35
Lynn Truell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list History's Greatest Female Drummers, Ranked
JonKrop added Lynn Truell